The tide was out and the sand stretched out a long way into the bay, but we decided take our expedition in a different direction instead.
We walked to the far end of the promenade, then stepped onto the beach and followed the tracks for about 200 metres to where a pedestrian bridge came over the tracks and down to the beach. This was where the "1,000 Steps" come down the beach.
Cheryl walked us all the way up to the top and then all the way down. My legs were burning, which suprised me for all of about 5 seconds. My next thought was that I ought to be careful on my way down becauese I had Maribeth on my back.
We stopped for a small snack on the beach at the bottom of the bridge. The twins were let out of the backpack carriers we were toting them in. They stuffed themselves with
On the way back Michael found a clam shell. Madeleine found a clam shell. Melissa found some clam shells too, but more importantly soaked her shoes. Cheryl had to give Melissa her jacket to keep the poor kid warm. For my part, I saw a bald eagle and got some good pictures of the sunset.
We hurried and managed to get back to the van before the soggy people got hypothermic.
Epilogue - I forgot to mention that this was the last of "winter" that we'll see here on this coast. The crocuses are out, the willows are budding, and the plum and cherry trees are blossoming. I ought to have stopped to take pictures of them too, but the kids were in a hurry to see the beach.
This trip also underscored again the fact that we have "outside" kids. The M's don't consider an outing a real adventure unless there's a lot of climbing up and down or water play. According to them, flat trails are bo-o-o-o-rrrring. The good news is that this is the best way to "wipe them out" so that they're tired enough to want to go to bed at the end of the day. The "bad news" is that right now it's wiping us out too! Other mental notes include - making sure that everyone brings their own fleece, shell jacket, water, and backpack. And we need to also pack spare shoes, socks, clothes, and towels in the van in case anyone gets wet. And we should make sure the first aid kit is in the van too.
So here's to the arrival of spring, longer daylight hours, and improved fitness so we can keep up with these harum-scarums!